Author: Daniel Willard Fiske (1831-1904) and Paul Morphy (editors)
Publisher: William C Miller and Trubner & Co
Place: New York and London
vi+[393-402]+-392 pages with diagrams. Royal octavo (9" 1/4 x 6") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Index with problem solutions issued without wrappers. Volume III. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 6389) (Hagedorn: 36) First edition.
Fiske's Chess Monthly, launched when he was just twenty five years of age, was an outstanding periodical when first published between 1857 and 1861, probably the best in the English language up to that time, and for a long time thereafter; (John Keeble wrote in The British Chess Magazine in November 1931, page 496, "it is safe to say that [Fiske's] magazine remains to this day the most interesting thing of the kind ever issued"), and, 160 years later, it is still an extraordinarily interesting read for chess history and literature devotees. The Problem Department was by E B Cook. This was one of the first magazines published in America. It was started in 1857 and lasted until 1861. It was published at the height of Morphy's popularity and presence.
This volume addresses some of Paul Morphy's exploits while in Europe. Also some of the games of the London and Edinburgh Match. Discussion of chess in England. Morphy's score with the player's in France.
Some wrappers with chips and reinforced with tape to edges, chips and closed tears to wrapper edges, soiled, some damp staining internally else good.